National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Feb. 7!
Published: February 1, 2020
“During 2018, blacks represented 13% of the U.S. population but accounted for 43% of all newly diagnosed HIV infections.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment among Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. The NBHAAD initiative leverages a national platform to educate, bring awareness, and mobilize the Black community. NBHAAD has four key focus areas with the objectives of:
- Education: Distribute information about HIV and AIDS within targeted communities
- Involvement: Increase the number of Blacks involved in local HIV/AIDS prevention events/activities
- Testing: Establish February 7th as an annual day for community prevention efforts including HIV testing
- Treatment: Provide access to the continuum of care needed to live with HIV/AIDS
Although COVID-19 safety precautions do not permit Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) to host public events in 2021 to honor this critical observance, you are invited to help spread the word about HIV testing in our communities of color and take every opportunity to end stigma that continues to prevent testing, create barriers to treatment, and stand in the way of people living with HIV receiving the respect and compassion they deserve.